When trying to decide whether to put laminate, hardwood, cork, vinyl or carpet on your floors, here are a few key tips about carpeting that may help with your decision.
Carpet is now and always has been the most popular flooring product. Why? It offers a variety of colors, fibers, patterns and designs, is beautiful and decorative. It is also softer, quieter, warmer, more economical (costs less per yard), and is easy to care for. Many carpet products today are very stain resistant.
Warranties vary on carpets stains and wearability.
Again, carpet costs less per yard than other flooring products.
Cork floors are:
- aesthetically different from the other flooring products
- very durable
- stain resistant
Keep in mind that bamboo, cork and wood flooring products are all cured, stacked and kept in climate controlled environments until shipped, meaning that there is no sawdust, dust or traffic compromising the finishing of these products.
Because cork floors have an aluminum oxide finish is why they are very durable and stain resistant.
Cork is priced comparably to premium wood floors.
Laminate floors look very much like wood flooring products. In most cases you can not tell the difference between laminate and wood.
Laminate floors are floating, meaning they could be laid over older floors and need not be glued or nailed down. Laminate products are also snap and lock making the project a do-it-yourself, if you so wish.
As long as Bryer Carpet and Blinds has been selling laminate flooring products, there has never been a complaint on the wear. Laminate is very durable, more so than vinyl or wood, won’t scratch and is stain resistant making it a great floor for high traffic areas, or families with children or pets.
Warranties range from 15 to 20 years on laminate flooring products.
The cost of laminate is very competitive in hard surfaces and compares cost-wise to medium priced wood and medium to high-priced vinyl.
See the videos on How To Clean Your Laminate Floor and How To Install Laminate Flooring.
Hardwood floors are usually considered more costly, but can really be quite cost-effective. Wood floors have a natural beauty and wear very well. It is a natural and renewable product, much like cork and bamboo. Today’s wood flooring products have a protective finish that makes wood floors very tough, durable and long-lasting.
As long as you care for your wood floors, there is nothing that will stain them, therefore making wood floors stain resistant.
Warranties on wood floor finishes and structural wear are from 15 to 25 years, but with the proper care, your wood floors should last for 50 years or more.
There is also engineered hardwood that is more flexible than non-engineered. You should ask a professional at Bryer Carpet and Blinds to show you any difference from the showroom samples.
Wood floors vary in cost, could be laid on top of older floors, stapled down, and with the snap and lock features of the wood flooring, it is a do-it-yourself project, avoiding the cost of labor. With that said, make sure you watch the video: How To finish Your Hardwood Floor. Or ask about our professional floor installation service.